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Inexpensive Dinner Ideas for Fall?

Husband cannot have red meat and kids are picky- no cassaroles (won't eat them) or spicy foods. I need some cheaper ideas for meals other than the standby hot dogs and mac and cheese.

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Asked by Jezture at 9:43 PM on Nov. 1, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • Chicken soup. Spaghetti made with ground turkey, or meatless. Fish sticks.

    Answer by Bmat at 9:50 PM on Nov. 1, 2009

  • How about baked ziti or lasanga. Its not really a casserole dish in the sense it doesn't have meat or veggies in it. You can make like a pound of it for like 8 bucks and can probably freeze half of it for another night. Well depending on how big your family is lol....

    Answer by Jillybeans24 at 9:52 PM on Nov. 1, 2009

  • Roast chicken w/veggies, chicken pot pie, chicken stew w/ dumplings, potato soup, lentil stew, use ground turkey instead of ground beef (cheaper too!) to make sloppy joes, burgers, meatloaf, tacos (make your own seasoning), spaghetti, etc.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 10:12 PM on Nov. 1, 2009

  • Easy tasty side dish--Wide Egg noodles with beef gravy or mushroom gravy. (Homestyle gravy is a yummy brand and comes in a jar)

    Sauteeing boneless skinless chicken breasts in extra virgin olive oil with black pepper, garlic and rosemary is delicious.

    Roasted asparagus--wash and cut off about 3 inches of the stem end and toss in evoo, onion powder, garlic powder or minced garlic and pepper ---baked at 400 for 15-20 depending on thickness of the spears

    Throw some chicken breasts in the crock pot with cream of chicken soup(undiluted). It makes a delicious gravy so serve it with mashed potatoes.

    Also chicken breasts in the crockpot covered in salsa is delicious--serve with white or brown rice.


    Answer by BridgetC140 at 10:17 PM on Nov. 1, 2009

  • Pan roasted broccoli--Put some garlic, pepper and a dash of salt in about 1/2 cup of water and let dissolve. Put some evoo and sautee broccoli without stirring until broccoli starts to brown a bit. Then add the water and cover for about 5 minutes. Then remove cover and cook until desired tenderness. You can do this with many vegetables.

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 10:19 PM on Nov. 1, 2009

  • I got this recipe for a soup from my dad's best friend's wife years ago. The amounts listed are to feed 5 with a little bit left over, so you can adjust as needed to fit your family. Also, we use hamburger, but I bet it would be just as tasty with ground turkey, pork, or chicken:

    2 cans tomato soup
    2 cans veggie soup
    2 jars or 2 packets of brown or mushroom gravy
    3-4 med potatoes
    1 lb burger

    Brown burger, clean and chop potatoes into bite sized pieces. In crockpot or ovensafe large pot, combine all ingredients. Cook in crockpot until ready to eat, minimum of 3-4 hours. If in oven, cook at 350 for 2-3 hours.

    This is really hearty and delicious, and I usually serve it with french bread or some kind of biscuits or dinner rolls.

    Answer by tropicalmama at 10:38 PM on Nov. 1, 2009

  • Befriend your crock pot. There are TONS of really fun and delicious crock pot (slow cooker) recipes out there that will fill any pallette. Also, many (if not all) crock pot meals can be frozen and usually only require a handful of ingredients to make. They're really easy and since the crock pot does all the work, there is little prep and very little cleanup.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 10:51 PM on Nov. 1, 2009

  • Soups - chicken, potato (with or without ham or bacon), vegetable, potato vegetable (like regular potato but with a lot more veggies like carrots, celery, peppers, corn, onions, etc), chowders, you can replace the beef in a lot of things with pork or sounds like you have a very picky family that needs to get over it though! Scalloped potatoes & ham with veggies on the side...meatless spaghetti...idk. I'm stumped on anything else. We eat a lot of red meat because we buy a whole cow every year and a half.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:13 PM on Nov. 1, 2009

  • I am sure you are looking for a recipe (and i have those too) but i just found an amazing thing for dinners. A lady I know who has these recipe cards spent $50 in grocerys! And her family is at least 5 plus people!

    Answer by stayathomehero at 8:34 AM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • Dried beans and lentils are great, healthy budget stretchers. These little boxes are too small to post recipes; send me a message offlist if you would like some.

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:20 AM on Nov. 2, 2009

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